The Kinds of Food Seasoning Commonly Used by Experts

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A good cook knows that seasoning is a powerful ingredient to bring out the best tastes in dishes. Many cooks and chefs from history have used a certain type of seasoning, or combined it with other kinds of seasonings, to add flavor or introduce new textures to a dish. Here are the kinds of food seasonings used by culinary experts, which you might find inside your own kitchen too.

Herbs. Coming from the leaves of select plants and vegetation, herbs are seasoned to add flavor to dishes. These herbs add more flavor especially if they are freshly picked from the garden. Dried herbs are also effective, but they add a sharper taste compared to fresh seasoning. Never use pesticide if you intend to grow herbs in your garden; this can be dangerous to you. Herbs which are grown naturally are more effective in providing health benefits to people. Basil, oregano, chives, parsley, mint, rosemary, thyme, and sage are good examples of herbs.

Spices. These come from the roots, buds, bark and fermented fruits and seeds of plants. Plants that make perfect spices—once processed—grow in Asia, Caribbean, Central America, and the Mediterranean. The warm temperatures of these areas develop the distinct taste delivered by spices. If you need that certain sharpness or flavor, you could add cloves, cumin, nutmeg, cinnamon, curcuma longa, and ginger to any dish.

Salt. Many dishes require salt to enhance their flavor. In some cultures, particularly in Southeast Asia and America, salt is a condiment that is always above the dining table. Made from evaporated sea water, salt has many variations too. Black salt, for example, is used most often in Indian dishes. Gray Salt is typically used in French dishes. Some types of salt are used as a component for a spice mix as well.

Sauces. These are usually made with a combination of herbs, spices, and chopped vegetables. Sauces are often liquid in form. Examples of sauces are soy sauce, vinegar, wine and lemon juice. Like every other seasoning, they are also used to enhance the flavor of dishes. Spicy sauces like hot pepper sauce, satay, and hot bean sauces are famous for their distinct taste and strong flavor.

Another kind of sauce is cream sauce. Horseradish cream sauce is a good example of this. It is made from grated horseradish and select spices. It has a cream base that gives it its texture. Horseradish cream sauce is perfect for fresh vegetables such as potatoes, parsnips, and carrots.

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This article was published on 2012/01/03